Martin Dewhurst

Martin Dewhurst



Cover photo: Desert of Deserts, Dakhla camp, Algeria

Professionally I'm working full time on New Dawn, an international social responsibility and volunteering programme. Our core product involves the distribution of Sustainable Food Growing Kits, each kit contains seeds, tools and instructions, everything a family needs to begin growing their own food and breaking the aid cycle.

Socially ... I've spent the last 10 years focussing on the issue of poverty and learning about it's most potent antidotes. During this period I've built a strong and diverse international network of contacts across many disciplines and developed the foundations for a globally sustainable solution to hunger and extreme poverty.

Historically ... Since 1979 I've worked with numerous luxury brands like Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Barbour, Aynsley, Spode, also landscape photography, specialising in fine art, large format images.

My Goals To connect the dots between UK youth and international development To help build international Eco schools for sustainability and solidarity To deliver a UK wide national curriculum enrichment program based on the Millennium Goals To enable all consumers worldwide to participate daily in social responsibility To empower displaced people worldwide with a self driven route to permanent food security To make a positive contribution with my life

Specialties Social Responsibility, Social Cohesion, International Development, Humanitarian Issues 

Favorite Books & Authors: Title, The Book of Balance Author, Yasuhiko Genku Kimura Title, Creative Visualization Author, Shakti Gawain Title, Think Kosmically Act Globally Author, Yasuhiko Genku Kimura Title, Built to Last Author, Jim Collins Title, Good to Great Author, Jim Collins Title, Remember the Ice and other Paradigm Shifts Author, Bob Nicoll Title, Ripples from the Zambezi Author, Ernesto Sirolli Title, Small is Beautiful (Economics as if people mattered) Author, E.F. Schumacher Title, Soul of Money Author, Lynne Twist Title, Tim An Ordinary Boy Author, Colin & Wendy Parry Title, A New Earth Author, Eckhart Tolle Title, The Little Book of Wisdom Author, The Dalai Lama Title, The Prophet Author, Kahlil Gibran Title, Personal & Global Transformation Author, Morel Fourman Title, Liberating the Corporate Soul Author, Richard Barrett Title, Leading People to be Highly Motivated and Committed Author, Ben Simonton Title, The 8th Habit Author, Stephen R Covey Title, E-Myth Revisited Author, Michael E. Gerber Title, Corporate Voodoo Author, Rene Carayol Title, Winning by Sharing Author, Leon Benjamin Title, A friend in every city Author, Penny Power, Thomas Power & Andy Coote Title, The Garden of the Prophet Author, Kahlil Gibran Title, The last hours of Ancient Sunlight Author, Thom Hartmann 




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William Buist

"Martin has been an outstanding friend, guide and mentor for me. I know I haven't communicated often enough or clearly enough how much his work, his humanity, and his friendship mean to me, and how much they move and influence me and what I do too. He simply stands head and shoulders above so many other people, not because he's better than they are, but because he supports them as they get better, in whatever ways matter for them. Martin, you are, and always will be in my heart, in my thoughts, and whenever you need help and support you can count it. Thank you for all that you have done."

Carolyn Williams

"☀FridaySmiles☀ How do you start your day? I started this Friday morning enjoying another wonderful Skype with You Martin. Every time I connect I seem to get closer to your humaness. The desert is a richer place through your efforts and awareness. Here for YOU is some Green Therapy. Just clicked on Mick Say's shared photo. How Green is this? Summer Park, Chamarande, France Thank YOU Martin, my life is richer for meeting you. C:)x"

Robert Craven

"Thank you for alerting us to what is going on in the world for other people. Showing us their everyday life. Their normal. Keeps us humble. Keeps our feet on the ground. Robert"

Robert Craven

"Your photo-essay (that's how I see the whole) are a great comment on society and a great contrast to the everyday images we see around us."

Fred Rutgers

"Martin not only fights to make a difference for the under privelidged. He also goed out of his way to help fellow ecademists! An example to us all! Certainly or me! Fred Rutgers"

Angus Whitton

"Martin is one of a few Ecademists that I've had the pleasure and privilege to meet offline - although it has to be said that a face to face is unnecessary to recognise his qualities. Martin stands out as a shining example to us all, in how to see the best in people, and how to deal with adversity. He is a champion for life's disadvantaged, regardless of race, colour, or nationality and puts his heart and soul into making things better for others. Martin is also street wise in business and is very aware that it's sustainability which is the key to success, whether for private business or the business of growing people, and that combined with his natural ability to communicate and collaborate makes him fairly unique in the world of Ecademy, and far more importantly, the world of the less fortunate. If you seriously want to help others - consider helping Martin first - it's usually far more efficient ;-) Angus "

Jo Berry

"Martin has been in my life for a year and half and it feels like always. He has a beautiful open heart and has deep wisdom. He always sees the best in everyone and walks his talk with every step. He has always been there for me and has taken time to share his connections to further my work. He has encouraged me and reminded me of where I am going when I have faltered I know how enriched and blessed I am by having the gift of Martin in my life. He is here to make a big impact on the world and yet he always has time for others. He is a true visionary. He is compassionate and empathic and has deep humanity, an honour to have him as my friend. I am stronger in myself knowing Martin is in my life. "

Marcus Cauchi Sales Management Training

"Martin Dewhurst is a man with selfless purpose and a passion for service. Help him. His work is important. Martin embodies the principle that one man, woman or child can make a positive difference. His talent for drawing children and adults, civilians and Service personnel, governments and caregivers together towards achieving improved quality of life for those less fortunate than ourselves. Compassionate, thought provoking, action inducing, Martin needs help now. He needs your help to recruit 20 team leaders who will recruit their crews for the next Expedition to bring sustainable relief to the Sahrawi's who have been refugees for 37 years, victims of war, land mines, malnutrition, even starvation. 20 officers and warrant officers with leadership, medical, agricultural, mechanical and language skills are essential if 30,000 are to receive the grow your own food packs Martin and Dr Alan Rae have developed to provide relief with sustainability and dignity. The possibilities for improving their lives through micro-finance, and further sustainable programmes based on self-reliance exist, but only if you follow Martin's lead. Alone you can make a small and meaningful difference. Imagine what we (you) can do together. Today. "

Liz Harwood

"I only know Martin online but long for a 1-2-1 with this amazing guy. He gave distant reiki to my nephew (in law) after a serious bike accident and I watch his comments and posts avidly. A font of wisdom and wonderful energy"

Rupert Honywood

"I have had the pleasure of having two Skype Video Calls with martin over the last couple of weeks and also from both Penny Power and Alan Rae had excellent recommendations What is apparent is that Martin is a "big time connector" and his specialism of helping to build virtual, on demand teams of relevant expertise" is unquestionable. However what really shines through is that there is a lot more to Martin - his warmth and kindness really shines through If you have the pleasure of having a 121 with Martin, you realise that there is something very special about him not atleast the fact that he is heavily involved with the PennyOn project. His kind, caring, giving nature really comes through. It is a pleasure knowing you Martin and thank you! Rupert"

Zahir shamsery

"For your kind concern for impoverished. Worlds needs benevolent person like you which is very hard. My homage to you. "

RealSteveHolmes Fading away soon

"A very fine man with a huge heart who has put his money and his life on the line to discover and lend assistance to an obscure dispossessed people who really need more help. I have known Martin for seven years and I never find him wanting."

Christine Lester

"Martin is a truly remarkable person - he says he can help and he does what he says he will. He has pointed me towards where I might get help with a project which is and has been close to my heart for very many years. I hope this will help those less fortunate to be in a better position to help themselves. If we could only all do this for each other what a different world we would live in. "

Nighet Nasim Riaz

"I was so happy to meet Martin for the first time last week and he is an amazing person. I felt humbled to be sitting with someone who can see straight into your heart and still loves humanity knowing we are not perfect. He truly is a visionary and I look forward to meeting him again."

Kevin "Banana Man" Allen

"I have a great love for Martin, as he does for all people. When you talk to Martin you know instantly he puts others before himself. Mother Teresa said 'if you can't feed a hundred people, feed just one'. Martin knows that by acting together we can feed them all, and Penny On is quite simply the best concept I have ever seen for ending poverty. But Martin's concept will only become a reality if we honour it with actions - not words. A single Penny honour's Martin's work more than a thousand words - spend yours here now! Kevin "

Ces Creatively

" I am writing testimonials for all those Ecademates who have really meant something to me in 2009. Martin, it has been great getting to know you in 2009 and I love what you are doing with Project Department and Penny On. Having discovered more about your projects in the pipeline and seeing your passion and dedication for helping others through your work has certainly been inspiring. I look forward to working with you in 2010 and recommend others connect with you and discover your genuine, engaging and supportive networking. God Bless, with love Ces xxx email: "

Ramesh Shankerlal

"Dear Martin Dewhurst! Wish you a journey full of Success in 2009! I feel Glad and Honoured to be connected with you and thank you for being in my network. You are one of my valued contacts Please keep in touch. I look forward to network with you. Best Wishes Ramesh Shankerlal +91 9413063021 Ransae Exim "

Muhammad Siddique

"Glad to be connected and that you are part of my circle of friends. You are a valuable part of my network, and thank you for being part of ecademy. Sincerely, Siddique Writer at "

Robert Ames

"Martin has a vision that superceeds politics and gets straight to the heart of real people - those living under oppression, fear and in the face of extreme elements and minimal infrastructure. Many of us talk in terms of CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility, and Martin rightly reminds us that true Charity is not restricted to the home. Hence the term Global Social Responsibility is more appropriate. His latest project - the Sahara Adventure will help those who are helping themselves and with our help will do so much more. Martin is a Trustee of the Registered Charity Penny On Trust (number 1113804) and this seems to be a way for us to not only help others, but also to remind ourselves that in a world which is restructuring its financial systems, there are still those whose needs are so much more simple, and yet who struggle for ever mouthful of water, and every hour of peaceful existence. Well done for alerting us Martin, keep driving those convoys!"

mark wing

"Martin is an inspirational character... one of those people who it is a delight to spend time with. I highly recommend you connect with him. He is generous in his commitment to help you in what ever way he can. He is also passionate about his core values and it is this that really struck me the most about our conversation together. Martin knows exactly what he wants and how to achieve it - his clarity of vision and determination to achieve his vision is exemplary. There is no doubt that Penny On will be successful."

Jackie Mackay

"Martin is someone who has been extremely helpful to me. I seem to have incorporated some of his almost innocent joy in what he is doing. Often when I feel slack I hark back to somewhere in my space and come across his special vibe which seems to be saying 'let's just do it and enjoy it as we go along' Thanks Martin."

Bob Nicoll

"Martin, What an absolutely brilliant idea!!! PennyOn is a fabulous idea. I will be in touch with you to start that here in Alaska. Thanks for the opportunity to make a difference. Best of success!!! Bob"

Ferdinand Felix Casantusan

"Proactive, Appreciative and Optimistic! :)"

Anne Quinn

"WWW Martin, great to have you back,you are inspirational"

Shahana Yasmin

"You may be miles away but we can always feel your presence through your contributions and interaction and genuine love for humanity. Thank you for believing in you, by doing so you have allowed us all to reach deep within ourselves and step up our games too. Keep shining your light on the world! Love Shahana x"

Andrew Horder

"Martin has a vision! More than that, he has a way to make it a reality, and a determination to create that reality. Connect with this man - you will be inspired!"

Gary Plunkett

"Martin is a man of heart and courage and it is a privilege to meet and work with him. You only really get to know people when you work with them and find out what makes them tick. With Martin it is his huge heart and soul, going well out of his way to help others succeed. Aloha nui loa (much love to you as they say in Hawaii!) Gary"

Rob Cockburn

"Martin is a go-getter and very positive about what he is doing. Remember the story of the beach full of starfish and an individual throwing them back in one by one. When challenged by someone else that "there are just too many, what difference can you make" the starfish thrower replies "well, it sure made a difference to that one!" Keep on throwing!"

Dave Clarke

"I talked with Martin last month about his vision for an inclusive & sustainable solution to worldwide poverty and in particular about Penny On. He has a powerful combination of passion, energy and a practical sense of what to do. He's a shining light for us all and an example of what you can do when you persuade people that every little really does help. Get in touch and get involved!"

Robert WoW De Souza

"How do you explain my telephone call to Martin whilst he was going through my profile. Most people in this space know why and how the universe connects like minded people who work from the heart to help others. I am glad to be part of Martin's network and wish him every success. Our dynamic vision is making change happen on all fronts. Watch this space...... Robert De Souza"

Rajesh Semrete Selassie Aggarwal

"Martin is an Amazing person and has Great insight. May GOD BLESS YOU for all that you are doing to eliminate Poverty in the world. It is a Blessing for me to have you in my network and I look forward to meeting you soon. Universal Love Rajesh 01785 256797 07837 895052"

Andy Ferguson

"Martin driving hundreds of miles to see me .... a day I will never forget. words are not enough sometimes ... there is the reality of a better world because of people like Martin andy "

Mica May

"Martin Your penny On scheme is an inspired idea; perfect in it's simplicity. Your courage, integrity and determination in persuing it are made of the stuff which will move mountains. Mica"

Harun Rabbani

"Wow, what a man! From time to time, the world is blessed with great visionaries and leaders - sometimes way ahead of their time. I count myself blessed for meeting Martin. He is a principle-centred man who is congruent through and through. When he speaks his comments are well thought out, meaningful and have deep impact. In the little time that I've known Martin, I can say that he has impacted on my life and my hope for the world. Martin has sacrificed his personal gratification in order to bring lasting change to the world. That takes foresight, courage and a strong heart. I cannot say I got the chance to meetone of my heroes Mhatm Gandhi. Today, I can say that Martin Dewhurst is a friend of mine. Martin, keep shining your light onto the world, my friend. :)"

Rhiannon Waits

"Martin is an exceptionally intelligent and warm hearted soul. We share a passion for helping others - with children being first and foremost. Martin goes above and beyond as he reaches out and creates inventive ways to brighten and assist others through hard times. Here is a gentleman that knows no country border as he embraces the entire world as his family."

Barbara Adams

"Wow we need a lot more Martin's in today's world. What an inspiration for us to follow. Barbara "

Lisa Turner

"A man who will change the world. Thank you Martin"

Nisa Omar

"A beautiful soul of great kindness and wisdom; a true peace maker! We hope to get a chance to get to know you better and contribute in any way we can to your great project. Nisa and Omar Bockman"

Tom Renders

"go for it !"

Debra "Global Hugs" Brown

"Martin I feel privileged that our paths have crossed and that we are going to make a huge difference in the world. Synchronicity is a wonderful thing and every day, I am amazed at how we are being pulled in the right direction to fulfil our purpose. You are a beautiful soul with a God given gift and I am thankful that our education programme is part of the higher purpose. Together we will move mountains and end poverty in the world. How awesome to think of the impact your project will have ... how awesome that you had a dream and you are making it reality. This was meant to be. Big group hug to everyone reading this. Love Debra x "

"UPVC"Dennis Barker

"The Global Social Responsibility project is something which I am proud to be associated with, if you can make a contribution to giving it form please connect with Martin and make it happen. All things are possible including changing the the change........ Dennis"

Peta Heskell The Flirt Coach

"I like your values.. do it anyway.. we all need more of this..perhaps they should be added to the curriculum peta"

Patrick Moore

"From the first post of Martin's that I ever read, it was clear to me that he and I were kindred spirits. He exudes an extraordinary calmness and clarity of thought, both things that are often missing in the world of 2005. His contributions in Intellectualize, Make Poverty History and National Hungry Week are always thoughtful, to-the-point and powerful. I'm privileged to work with him and proud and delighted to be able to call him a friend :) Thanks Martin!"

RealSteveHolmes Fading away soon

"Like a brother in search of truth: honest, passionate, caring, resourceful and steadfast - I thoroughly enjoy all my contact with you in the ideas we explore together. "

Ronald Wopereis

"Hello Martin I dropped by to say that you are a wonderful person to come across. Your postings never fail to have a deep impact on me. Your footprints are a great help in my road ahead towards personal development. Warmest wishes, Ron"

Srikanth SESH

"Martin.... I wish you great success in your quest to save human lives.. Long live your passion. Cheers..Srikanth SESH"

Ganesan Subramaniam

"Hi Martin, Thanks for your generous testimonial. I'm fairly new to ecademy and hadn't seen this feature so far. I was really glad you had mentioned about the need for us, the privileged, caring at least a little for the poor. I have been trying hard to make a big difference to the lives of the poor from the day I started working, 28 years back, but haven't been significantly successful. I have not been too happy about my small contributions, as they can't even scratch the surface of the problem. I feel appalled that we all go our own ways watching the poor the world over go without food, clothing, shelter, and of course human dignity. The sight of skeletons of African poor, for example. Doesn't it feel we owe it to them to do something to them? I know there are good souls like you who are concerned, but I feel we are yet to gather critical mass to make a difference. Thanks for the testimonial, again. Ganesan. :~) "

Edward Nash

"Dear Martin, just a short word of thanks for your unstinting help with Ecademy in Liverpool. Whenever I have asked, you have delivered; I could not ask for better. I must now help your amazing Green Light Project to prosper - just ask Ed Nash Ecademy Regional Director North West"

Simon [Transparency] Warrick

"Like it! Push the profit back to the growers."

Steve Hearn

"Martin, I would like to offer my services for FREE to help in your project to feed the children. If you think of anything I can help you with then drop me a line. I can offer cartoons, caricature, graphic design and other art related areas. Look forward to hearing from you. Steve Hearn"

Tim Strafford-Taylor

"Another Ryzer - just dropped you a note there also See you around :) Tim"


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